Another story about ravens, the first birds named in the Bible. Corvids are renowned for their intelligence and their ability to form relationships with humans. They still exhibit this kind of behaviour in bringing gifts. But this story has more to it than just gifts – there is a special relationship established between two of God’s servants.
Once again, Jesus scandalises his hearers. A parable in which a priest, one who intercedes of behalf of the people before God, and a Levite from the holy tribe of Israel, both fail to love their neighbour, and therefore fail to love God. But a Samaritan, considered a foreigner or Gentile, does. Once again, its the outsiders, those who put compassion above all, who refract the image of God.